An explosion at an oil field in southern Bushehr province today killed an employee of the National Iranian Drilling Company and injured three. Mehr News Agency reported that the blast at Bibi Hakimeh oil rig happened when a huge amount of gas was released during drilling.
In a separate incident, the Shazand Oil Refinery in the central city of Arak was also hit a blast and a fire. No reports of casualty or damage were available.
Shazand Oil Refinery was inaugurated last February at the cost of more than $3 billion and is one of the largest refineries in the Middle East. It is the largest facility producing gasoline in the country.